Food & Drink

The New Eataly Is the High-End Food Destination Your Vegas Vacation Needs

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Eataly is basically an amusement park for foodies, so it makes sense that Las Vegas (aka, the biggest grown-up amusement park in the country) would be the spot for their sixth US location. Specifically, the 40,000-square-foot space now open at the new Park MGM resort brings with it everything from Neapolitan pizza to pasta-making demonstrations to an entire market dedicated to tasty Italian bites. Helmed by Executive Chef Nicole Brisson (who cut her teeth in top kitchens in Italy), the newest Eataly is one of the most unique offerings in Sin City -- and it’s bound to take your vacation to new food-focused heights. Here’s why:

It's a food destination Vegas has never seen before

In Vegas, you’ve got plenty of steakhouses. Omakase sushi joints? Celebrity-chef outposts? They both litter the place. But a place to grab a more casual bite, or better yet, high-end ingredients to pull together your own meal… well, that’s harder to come by. Enter Eataly. “Eataly wouldn't be Eataly without a marketplace,” Nicola Farinetti, CEO of Eataly USA told us. “It was important to stay true to our philosophy of ‘eat, shop, learn.’” That concept means that here, you can certainly sit down to a nice meal at one of its restaurants, but you can also peruse a marketplace of Italian goods and watch cheese get made. And that’s an immersive food experience the Strip hasn’t really seen before.

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You can catch dinner and a show

Would it be a Vegas vacation if you didn’t take in some kind of entertainment? We think not. And while acrobatics or feather-boa-rocking showgirls may not be everyone’s cup of tea, checking out live demonstrations of tasty food being made will (or should) be. Whether you want to see what goes inside an authentic Sicilian cannoli, learn how fresh pasta gets made, or just be mesmerized by hand-pulled mozzarella, all of it happens at Eataly, right before your very eyes -- and that’s a Vegas show we can get behind.

Finally, a place to grab a bite on the go

When you’re visiting Las Vegas for the weekend, there definitely isn’t a ton of downtime -- you’ve got clubs to get into, shows to see, and maybe even some card games to test your luck. So finding time to refuel with a decent meal can feel like it’s eating into valuable time. Happily, Eataly Las Vegas takes advantage of its location facing South Las Vegas Boulevard with take-away windows where visitors can walk up and grab a quick bite (Roman-style pizza slices, anyone?) or a cappuccino to go. If you’re looking to stop and soak up some of that Vegas sunshine, the outdoor space also offers seating, making it an ideal spot to enjoy an Aperol Spritz on a hot afternoon. (If that doesn’t scream “vacation,” we don’t know what does.)

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Your hotel snack game just got an upgrade

While Eataly Las Vegas predominantly features restaurants and eateries, their signature marketplace still packs a punch. Here, you’re able to shop for everything from 100% extra-virgin olive oil to bronze-extruded pasta to Italian wines. It isn't just a must-hit spot for Italian goods, either -- Eataly has partnered with farmers and suppliers in Nevada and California to offer up locally-sourced goods as well. So besides giving you the ability to serve a chef-worthy charcuterie plate in your hotel room before a night on the town, this is the spot to pick up some truly highbrow (not to mention, edible!) souvenirs.

There's a meaty restaurant, too

While there is obviously fresh pasta, Neapolitan and Roman style pizza, and an Italian bakery within these 40,000 square feet, in February, Eataly also rolled out the butcher-focused restaurant Manzo, meaning "beef" in Italian. (The intimate space also offers a respite from the bustling marketplace.) Manzo's centerpiece is a custom-built, three-tired, wood-burning grill (powered by white oak, apple wood, and coals) that flame-cooks all the prime cuts. To drink, there's a 400-bottle Italian wine list and a cocktail program that incorporates -- naturally -- Italian liqueurs.